“I know the resurrection is a fact, and Watergate proved it to me. How? Because 12 men testified they had seen Jesus raised from the dead, then they proclaimed that truth for 40 years, never once denying it. Every one was beaten, tortured, stoned and put in prison. They would not have endured that if it weren't true. Watergate embroiled 12 of the most powerful men in the world-and they couldn't keep a lie for three weeks. You're telling me 12 apostles could keep a lie for 40 years? Absolutely impossible.”
Who said this? Chuck Colson.
Whose that? An attorney who served for several years as Special Counsel to President Richard Nixon. His ruthlessness earned him the title “Nixon’s hatchet-man.” He authored the memo that became known as Nixon’s “enemy list.” It was commonly reported that he “would walk over his own grandmother if necessary” to get things done for his boss.
That kind of attitude landed him in jail, but he truly knew the world of conspiracies, tricks and fraud.
After his conversion, he viewed the whole world differently. After serving his time in prison for his Watergate related crimes, he used his considerable intellect and tenacity to preach the reality of Christ and the truth claims of scripture. He worked especially for prison reform and for more just and humane (read: Christian) treatment of prisoners during and after their incarceration.